Water Rally Draws 1,500 To Capitol
Farmers, laborers, students, citizens and even lawmakers opposed to a plan they believe will disrupt Northern California’s water supply demonstrated on the steps of the State Capitol on Monday, urging the State Water Resources Control Board to reject the proposal that would cut water use for the benefit of fish and wildlife.
Nearly 1,500 people from all walks of life stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the steps of the capitol building on Aug. 20 to fight for the Central Valley’s very lifeblood: Water. Central Valley leaders and candidates from every level of government attended regardless of their party affiliations. Republicans including Jeff Denham, Tom McClintock, Heath Flora, Vito Chiesa and Kristin Olsen stood in solidarity with Democrats like Jim Costa, Rudy Salas, Anna Caballero and Assemblyman Adam Gray, who organized the rally.
“Fighting the state water grab has to be our number one priority. I’m proud of everyone who came to or supported the rally that was for our region, our economy and our very way of life,” said Congressman Jeff Denham, who represents Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank in the 10th Congressional District.
“After our tour of local reservoirs, Secretary Zinke recognizes that Sacramento’s water grab would cripple our communities, farms and water storage infrastructure,” said Denham. “Our water, our water rights, and our future depend on stopping this wasteful plan.”
“We want the rest of the state to see how important the Valley is,” Denham added. “Water affects more than just agriculture … it’s our recreation, it’s our power, it’s our drinking water. You take 40 percent of it, we’ll not only have less of it but the quality of water will go down with it. We want the entire state to understand how this new decision will impact us and that we’re going to fight back.”
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